Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows The story about how secure boot for Windows 8, part of UEFI, will hinder the use of non-signed binaries and operating systems, like Linux, has registered at Redmond as well. The company posted about it on the Building Windows 8 blog - but didn't take any of the worries away. In fact, Red Hat's Matthew Garrett, who originally broke this story, has some more information - worst of which is that Red Hat has received confirmation from hardware vendors that some of them will not allow you to disable secure boot.
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RE[5]: Stop whining!
by gilboa on Sun 25th Sep 2011 07:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Stop whining!"
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Well that's not actually accurate. This isn't like BIOS, where you can run a desktop application in Windows to update your BIOS image. Windows, regardless of the runlevel, has no direct access to the UEFI image.

I'm not sure I see the connection.
You claimed that having secure boot *improves* the security of the OS, I (easily) disproved it by pointing the having secure drivers and boot sector is *completely* irrelevant once the OS itself is compromised - either by abusing an OS exploit or by (ab)using end-user stupidity.

In the long term secure boot can and will only be used to create a walled garden around the Windows eco-system; nothing more, nothing less.

- Gilboa

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